Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is a means of drawing together, in a systematic way, an assessment of the likely significant environmental effects arising from a proposed development. SAC Consulting has a long experience of undertaking and managing a wide range of EIA projects. The rigours and requirements of today’s planning process can be challenging, therefore, obtaining quality, professional and impartial advice from project inception to final commissioning is crucial.
In Scotland the principal legislation setting out the requirements for EIA is The Town and Country Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) (Scotland) Regulations 2011, which amends the former Environmental Impact Assessment (Scotland) Regulations 1999 in relation to developments requiring planning consent.
Every project must be ‘screened’ by the authority responsible for giving it consent to determine if it must be subject to EIA procedures. If screening determines that an EIA is required, the next stage of the process is to request a ‘scoping opinion’ from the competent authority. The scoping opinion allows the competent authority to decide what the main effects of the proposal are likely to be, and therefore determines the focus of the Environmental Statement. The Environmental Statement predicts the effects of the development by making an assessment of the environmental impacts, both positive and negative, and specifying mitigating measures where required. This is used by decision makers in determining development applications and in helping to avoid, reduce or offset the potentially significant effects.
SAC Consulting Services
With a wide range of specialist expertise, SAC Consulting have the capability to act as a one-stop shop for EIA project management and delivery, from project inception to final commissioning. SAC Consulting’s expertise is as follows:
- Air quality
- Archaeology and cultural heritage
- Community/social impact
- Contaminated land
- Geology and soils
- Landscape and visual
- Environmental Noise
- Traffic and transport
- Water resources and water quality
- Scoping reports, technical assessments and Environmental Statements
- Specialist input into strategic impact assessments and masterplans
- Site selection and constraint mapping
- Management of public consultation processes
- Expert witness work in enquiries or disputes